My background is in performing, and 'yoga,' and crying.
I spent my college days and early twenties in leotards, or standing in front of casting directors whose job it was to decide what kind of person you looked like (for me: boobs too big to be the ingenue, but still too young to be the mom. So, you are no one).
This magnified the already-oppressive-collective-cultural-dysfunction with weight 100x.
I was no one. My body wasn't right. I can't be cast as a human. I am failing at literally everything. And for over a decade I was completely miserable and insecure.
The pressure was so intense that (thankfully) I actually spiritually imploded, and all the suffering crystallized into The Fuck it Diet.
But before that, it was just endless years of diets, body hatred, hunger, self-disgust, and snacks that tasted like chalk.
My background in yoga (and energy/emotions work), started as a quest for thinness, perfection, and health, as most journeys in yoga do.
Over time, (and thanks to the Fuck It Diet), my work on the embodiment and mindfulness and relaxation part of yoga has taken over, and my understanding of the fitness side has become clear - it is a product of our culture obsession with thinness.
Strength and alignment and mobility are great. But shiny, perfect, skinny people, drinking green smoothies on instagram, promising purity, doing headstands that eventually injure their necks, and selling multi-level-marketing essential oils - that's all just more of the same dysfunction - superficial, skinny-obsessed bullshit. And it's harming people.
I now use energetic principles (in a really hip cool accessible way, man) to help chronic dieters come back into their bodies, rest, breathe, process old emotions, be willing to be human, and feel the space they take up with their bodies.